Friday, 2 December 2016

CSM: Please support Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better

Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better does need our support to sustain and maintain the organisation. There will be an adoption drive this Sunday at Setiawalk Puchong. The best part is their new 2017 calendar is out! Selling for RM25 only, do our part and help support this worthy cause!

For more details, you can check out their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter/?fref=ts

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Crochet: Rat Bookmark

I've gotten this free pattern from:

Definitely easy to crochet and it is super adorable! I am so loving it... isn't it cute? Gonna make a few for the coming Christmas!
What I've used:
  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • fibrefill

Monday, 28 November 2016

A Worthy Book: Ladies Edition

I have finally utilised my Worthy Book voucher! Since there's an online website and I don't have to physically be there, so why not? Online shopping is addictive and bad! Anyway, for those who didn't know, Worthy Book is a book filled with many discounts and offers. There are 2 types in the market, one is Food Edition and the other Ladies Edition.

You can read my previous foodie experience here:
http://www.sholee.net/2015/08/a-worthy-book.html

You can read my point of view here:
http://www.sholee.net/2016/11/mpov-worthy-book-ladies-edition-2016.html

So the kiasu me has already gone through the whole book and tore out the relevant vouchers that I am interested in. Unlike the food vouchers where I had to dine in, the ladies vouchers were more user-friendly as I can shop online! So when I was free, just key in the URL and sign-up for an account! After that, just start shopping for the items I wanted and checked out! Easy peasy!
Yeap, I've recently shopped for some nice flats and thankfully they have Christy Ng's! What's more... I can shop online! Thank heavens for that! As you can see, a variety of offers which can be utilised either by walking in or online shopping :-)
Voucher code: check
Sign-up: check
Shoes: check
Continue shopping: check

Another pair of shoes: check
Checkout: check
Voucher code: ready

Just typed in the code and continue

Successfully discounted yay!
Proceed to pay the balance

Order completed after payment
It's as easy as ABC! I don't have to get caught in the traffic jam or bad weather, all in the comfort of my home and laptop! This is definitely a wonderful shopping experience and addictive! Now waiting for my shoes to arrive :-)

You can get this Ladies Edition from any 7 11 outlets nation wide for RM25! Book stores like MPH, myNews, Kinokuniya, Popular and Borders are also selling it!

This post is written in collaboration with http://www.worthybook.my/

Sunday, 27 November 2016

MPOV: A Place Called Here

People typically lose things anytime, anywhere. Whether it's at home or at work, or even at play, we either find it or lose it forever. As for Sandy Shortt, it is a MUST to find it... regardless where or how. All of this started the day Jenny-May Butler went missing. Sandy became obsessed... if one sock went missing in the dryer, she has to find it, by hook or by crook. Even her parents have relented and will help to accommodate Sandy's obsession.

As she grows older, her parents led her to join the school's therapy session with Gregory Burton once a week. They had gotten along pretty well and had become lovers after Sandy has started working. Currently working on a missing person's case, she was due to meet Jack Ruttle at Limerick but somehow got lost herself while jogging near the woods.

Sandy has miraculously ended up at a place called Here where all the missing people and things have gone to. They have created a life there with many different communities, in a world of their own and not able to leave that place even if they wanted to. Though overwhelmed, Sandy managed to meet a few of these people who were in her case files and was able to update them indirectly of their loved ones.

Due to Sandy's obsession, she has finally found her closure and letting go of her obsession slowly but surely. She has also realised what her obsessions have caused her to lose and it opened up her eyes to the reality in front of her. Her main trigger button was Jenny-May Butler and upon finding her, Sandy was able to reflect and let go, her final closure.

This book truly reflects on the obsessiveness of some human being, how they can overcome it and eventually letting go. It is not an easy feat especially when it comes to mental OCD, definitely a hard habit to break. Well, this is just my thought as this book sums up about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for me LOL!

I did enjoy the plots, nicely written and paced well. Though it's predictable midway onward, it was still entertaining but it had me speed read towards the end. Well, I just wanted to know if she goes back to Gregory and skipped the fillers LOL! All in all, a good read lah!
#QOTD
My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: chick lit, romance, fiction, novel

Friday, 25 November 2016

4 years later

Today is Pa's 4th death anniversary. We had travelled to Cameron Highlands last weekend, our yearly 'pilgrimage', to pay our respect to dad. After 4 years, I still missed him so much.

Pa, hope you have a great after life with my father in law 😢 I love you and miss you so much 😢

Thursday, 24 November 2016

MPOV: Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

In 1926, wizard Newt Scamander briefly stops over in New York City while en route to Arizona. He encounters Mary Lou Barebone, a No-Maj (non-magical human) and the head of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, which claims that witches and wizards are real and dangerous. As Newt listens to her speak, a Niffler escapes from his magically-expanded suitcase that houses multiple magical creatures. As he attempts to capture it, Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj cannery worker, mistakenly carries off Newt's suitcase. Demoted Auror Tina Goldstein arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard and takes him to the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) headquarters, hoping to regain her former position. However, President Seraphina Picquery and Auror Percival Graves dismiss the case. At Jacob's tenement apartment, several creatures escape Newt's suitcase.

Graves approaches Credence Barebone, Mary Lou's adopted son, and offers to free him from his abusive mother in exchange for his finding the host of an Obscurus, a dark, destructive force inadvertently manifested by young magical children who conceal their powers. The force can be unleashed during periods of anger and stress; Graves believes that it has caused several mysterious destructive incidents around the city.

After Tina and Newt find Jacob and the suitcase, Tina takes them to her apartment and introduces them to Queenie, her Legilimen sister. Queenie and Jacob are mutually attracted, though wizards are forbidden to marry No-Majs. Newt takes Jacob inside his magically-expanded suitcase and persuades him to help search for the missing creatures. After re-capturing the Niffler and an Erumpent (a rhinoceros-like creature with deadly liquid in its horn), they re-enter the suitcase, which Tina takes to MACUSA. Officials arrest them, believing one of Newt's creatures to be responsible for killing Senator Henry Shaw Jr. Newt's suitcase and creatures are to be destroyed and Jacob's memory will be obliviated. Graves interrogates Newt and Tina and accuses Newt of conspiring with the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Newt and Tina are immediately sentenced to death, but they escape and meet up with Queenie and Jacob; the foursome then capture the last of the creatures.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

JK Rowling can never go wrong when it comes to magic. Being a Harry Potter fan, I did not expect any lesser from her but I totally did not expect so much more! I thought magic in Rowling's world is limited but lo and behold, it is far more than that. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has proven to me that there are much, much more and has added another level of realm into the fantasy world. This movie is written and produced by Rowling herself hence the better, more fluid plots. She has even confirmed there will be another 4 more movies... yay for the Potterfans!!!

Eddie Redmayne is a gifted actor. He's not stereotyped as a particular character and he was perfect as Newt Scamander. He's now one of my favourite actor and I sure hope he's back in the next 4 movies! Of course, the other casts were as good and hoped that they will be back in the next movie. The surprising one was a sudden cameo from Johnny Depp! I didn't know that he's part of this franchise!

Anyway, the overall movie was awesome especially the special magical animals and beasts, though CGI-created, were so mind-blowing! I adore Frank the most LOL! It was truly an amazing movie to watch! Now I can't wait to add the book and screenplay into my library *fingers crossed*

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 7.9/10

Director: David Yates
Casts: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller
Category: PG 13; A 2016 British fantasy film

Thursday, 17 November 2016

MPOV: Victor Frankenstein

In London, ambitious medical student Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) attends a circus performance, where he helps save an injured aerialist, Lorelei (Jessica Brown Findlay), by aid of a nameless hunchback (Daniel Radcliffe) enslaved by the circus' ringleader, and who harbors feelings for the girl. Impressed by the hunchback's vast knowledge of human anatomy, acquired from stolen books, Victor rescues him, drains the cyst on his back that causes his physical abnormality and develops a harness to improve his posture, and then names him "Igor" after a recently deceased roommate. The two then become partners in Victor's ongoing experiments to create life through artificial means, incurring the wrath of religious police inspector Roderick Turpin (Andrew Scott), who views their experiments as sinful.

After Igor suggests they use electricity to animate their creations, Victor procures parts from dead animals and creates a monstrous chimpanzee-esque creature nicknamed "Gordon". Meanwhile, Igor reunites with Lorelei, now masquerading as the mistress of a closeted homosexual baron, and the two develop an affair, upsetting Victor, who views Lorelei as a distraction. Igor invites Lorelei to a demonstration of their experiment, which goes awry when Gordon escapes and wreaks havoc through the university before being killed by Victor and Igor. Lorelei is horrified by Victor's experiments and urges Igor to dissuade him from pursuing the matter further, but Igor is reluctant to do so upon learning that Victor is driven by the need to atone for his indirect role in the death of his older brother, Henry, for which Victor's domineering father, Mr. Frankenstein (Charles Dance), blames Victor.


Victor is expelled from college for his unorthodox methods, and later approached by his wealthy, arrogant classmate Finnegan (Freddie Fox), who wants him to create an artificial humanoid creature. Victor and Igor outline a behemoth being known as "Prometheus", but Igor's deepening relationship with Lorelei soon causes a rift between them. Shortly afterwards, Turpin and his men raid Victor's laboratory, hellbent on destroying his inventions, and during an altercation with Victor, Turpin loses both a hand and one of his eyes, while Victor and Igor are extracted by Finnegan's men and taken to his family's estate in Scotland, where Finnegan provides them with the necessary funds to build Prometheus. Igor is mistrustful of Finnegan and leaves after having a falling out with Victor. Finnegan later kidnaps and binds him, revealing his plans to kill Victor once Prometheus is complete and weaponize his creation. Igor is then thrown into the River Thames to drown, but manages to escape and reunites with Lorelei, who nurses him back to health.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Overall, it was not as captivated and unrealistically captured hence it was not as enthralling as it should. James' Victor seemed unnatural. Daniel's Igor looked forcefully hunched. The costumes and set designs were vintage pretty but that's about it. Though categorised as horror, it wasn't and it felt more dramatic. A movie to pass time, nothing more so I guess I just had to read the book then.

My rating: 2.5/5
IMDb rating: 6/10

Director: Paul McGuigan
Casts: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox
Category: a 2015 American science fiction fantasy horror film based on contemporary adaptations of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

MPOV: The BFG

Sophie, a ten year old orphaned girl who lives in a London orphanage stays awake reading through the nights due to her insomnia. At 3:00 AM, or what she calls the "witching hour", she sees an elderly giant outside her window. The giant captures her and takes her into Giant Country. There, he explains that he named himself the "Big Friendly Giant" or the "BFG" for short and that Sophie must stay with him for the rest of her life because she saw him and must not be allowed to reveal the existence of giants. After learning that she has insomnia and that she doesn't believe he can control dreams, he manages to read her to sleep and gives her a nightmare about failing to escape and being eaten by another giant.

When Sophie awakes, the Fleshlumpeater, the infantile leader of the man-eating giants, enters the BFG's home and smells Sophie. The Fleshlumpeater nearly devours Sophie before exiting the BFG's home. The BFG gives Sophie some replacement clothes, as hers are ruined, and Sophie convinces the BFG to take her to Dream Country to catch dreams together. As they leave, they accidentally wake up the Bloodbottler, who alerts the other man-eating giants of the BFG's presence. They torment and bully the BFG. As the pair escape during a thunderstorm which repels the man-eating giants, Sophie tells the BFG that he shouldn't allow the other giants to bully him. Meanwhile, the Fleshlumpeater and the Bloodbottler find Sophie's blanket (which she had dropped before) and set out to look for her.

The pair arrives in Dream Country and catch a dream each. The two then head to London to spread good dreams to sleeping children. As they do so, Sophie realizes that she has lost her blanket. The BFG realizes that the other man-eating giants know about her, and she wakes up outside the orphanage. He explains that the last human child he took and raised was discovered and eaten by the other giants. She throws herself out of her window in the hope he will appear again to catch her, and he does. When they return to the BFG's home, the other giants barge in and upend the place looking for Sophie, destroying much of the BFG's hard work. Sophie evades detection and the enraged BFG finally stands up to them and drives them off with a hot fire iron while using water on Fleshlumpeater.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This movie is slow paced from the start and only picked up pace towards the end after BFG met the queen. Overall, it was entertaining though a little difficult to get by the unique slang hence it could be boring to some. The animation was beautiful and realistically intertwined with the real world. Truly an amazing movie though it is a bore for most of the initial part. I've not read the storybook so I can't compare it with the movie.

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 6.6/10

Director: Steven Spielberg

Casts: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement

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